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Tim Jones, a livestock farmer from Worcestershire, told Daybreak that "things are undoubtedly tough" for farmers.
He said a harsh winter has been followed by a run of dry weather, which has left livestock farmers like him, "desperately short of grass" for the sheep.
"Input costs have gone up, with animal feed now 18% more expensive than it was 12 months ago", he added.
Food prices are likely to rise after UK farmers reported a poor harvest due to the rainy summer.
Today Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will address farming representatives at a summit which will discuss ways of improving farmers' access to financial support.
- A decline in winter wheat of around 12%, with some crops written off, the crop will rely on good growing conditions from now on
- Demand of winter barley and oats has declined, and planting has suffered, winter oats could in stead be replaced by spring oats
- A quarter of oilseed rape is in a "very poor condition"
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will host a summit for farming representatives, charities and banks to discuss the effects of last year's bad weather on the industry.
Following the second wettest year since records began, farmers have warned that heavy rainfall could affect the price of food.
Long-term averages of 30-year periods show an increase in annual rainfall of about 5% from 1961-1990 to 1981-2010:
- 1961-1990: 1100.6mm
- 1971-2000: 1126.1mm
- 1981-2010: 1154.0mm
Source: Met Office
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the UK should be "proud" of the "fantastic" job farmers do.
He will hold a summit today to discuss the financial worries of many farmers after a year of bad weather.
He added: "This last year has been particularly tough. Farming contributes a huge amount to our environment and our economy.
"We want to ensure that farmers are able to deal with challenges like bad weather, to grow their businesses, create new jobs and help the country compete in the global race."
A landmark summit will be held by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to help farmers after a "particularly tough" year.
Banks, charities and farming representatives will attend the meeting at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Ways of improving farmers' access to financial support after a year of bad weather will be discussed.
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In an article for ITV News, farmer Gareth Barlow describes the tough year for the industry and calls for better contingency crisis planning